When the temperatures creep up, cool down with a thirst-quenching summer beer.
Whether you’re grilling out with friends and family this summer or lounging by the lake, few things beat the heat better than a summertime beer. Before your schedule gets too crazy, be sure to stop in and stock up on your favorite summer suds-and maybe even a couple new ones. From wheat and fruity beers to refreshing lagers and brisk ales, summer beer possibilities are endless.
Dominating the summer beer scene are light ale styles, German or American wheat beers, Pilsners and fruit beers. Summer beers typically fall into the wheat beer category, which is lighter and more carbonated than other brews. With notes of ginger and spice, they are often served with a lemon or lime slice, which highlights their zesty character. The golden color of the popular German wheat beer, weizen, shines in the sunlight and brings a smile to those who enjoy a crisp, smooth finish. Hefeweizen, another German wheat beer, has a complex flavor profile, which is known to include notes of clove, spice, banana and even a hint of bubble gum. Wheat beers aren’t the only styles that pour on a fresh taste. When garnished with the right citrus and paired with the right fare, lagers are equally accommodating to any summer grill out, lake day or game day.